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KCUR and KCPT Establish Partnership to Develop Shared Objectives

Two of Kansas City’s public media organizations are proud to announce a partnership as they work toward similar goals.

KCUR, 89.3, is the University of Missouri –Kansas City’s NPR affiliate and KCPT, is Kansas City’s PBS affiliate. Both groups provide news, arts and public affairs content both online and on-air.

Though this is not a merger, the partnership will enable both communities to access one another’s resources and collaborate on their shared objectives. The focus of this collaboration includes, but is not limited to, health and agriculture-related journalism as well as public engagement.

The leaders of both organizations plan to further develop their newsgathering operations as part of their public service mission by launching the partnership with an initial three-tier effort:

1. KCPT’s Hale Center, a multimedia center for local journalism content, will partner in KCUR-based Harvest Public Media, a reporting collaboration focused on food, fuel and field.

2. KCUR and KCPT will join the Kansas Health Institute News Service in a new regional journalism collaborative on health concerns.

3. Together, KCPT and KCUR will launch and manage the Public Insight Network in Kansas City, a mission to add context and further insight to their reporting through online crowdsourcing and the fostering of online community engagement.

For more information about the KCUR and KCPT partnership or mission please contact John Martellaro at martellaro@umkc.edu.

— Mackenzie Leander